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DC Animated casts The Dark Knight Returns

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DC Animated casts The Dark Knight Returns

Holy prime directives, Batman is Robocop!

The Hollywood Reporter has a story announcing the cast of this fall’s DC Animated movie The Dark Knight Returns, and Robocop‘s Peter Weller will play the aged and retired Batman/Bruce Wayne.  Also featured are Ariel Winters (Modern Family) as Robin/Carrie Kelley, Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Two-Face/Harvey Dent, Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, and David Selby (of the original Dark Shadows soap).

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New Clips from the upcoming Superman vs. The Elite

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New Clips from the upcoming Superman vs. The Elite

This week DC Animation and Warner Bros have released more clips from the upcoming animated movie Superman vs. The Elite.

Last week we were treated to a clip of the entrance of The Elite, made up of Manchester Black (Robin Atkin Downes), Menagerie (Grey DeLisle), Coldcast, and The Hat.  Now we get to see some of them in action in three different clips as they use violent force against an unknown attacker.  This is definitely a team that not to be messed with, but are their skewed visions of justice what Metropolis really needs?

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First Official Clip of Superman vs. The Elite

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First Official Clip of Superman vs. The Elite

DC Animation has once again blessed us with another direct-to-video film, this time in Superman vs. The Elite.  Adapted from Joe Kelly’s What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, this newest animated film brings back George Newbern as Superman and hands DC newcomer Pauley Perrette (NCIS) the role of Lois Lane.

The whole cast once again looks great along with director Michael Chang (Batman: Brave and the Bold) with Bruce Timm, of course, producing again.

Released just last week is the first clip of The Elite’s introduction into the film, which does a terrific job of setting the tone for the different team’s presence in Metropolis.  Pitting the “ends justify the means” new super crew against the “Big Blue Boyscout” forces Superman to face an ethical battle we have yet to see him confront in these animated movies. Get a taste of what’s to come just below, and tell us what you think.

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Beware the Batman Teaser!

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Beware the Batman Teaser!

If you’ve listened to today’s Comic Issues Podcast, then you know that we were just talking about the DC Nation block of Cartoon Network.  Well it looks like Warner Bros. is tapping the CI phone lines, because a teaser was released today for the newest addition to their awesome animation library: Beware the Batman.

Beware the Batman will shake up the time-honored Batman cast, as his beloved butler and ex-secret-agent Alfred looks be given a larger, more active role. Taking Robin’s usual spot at Batman’s side will be Katana.  Together they’ll face off against newer villains like Prof. Pyg, Anarky, Mister Toad, and more.

Check out this short teaser to get a feel for the CGI action that will be coming our way soon…

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Video Review: Justice League Doom

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Video Review: Justice League Doom

Doom is on the horizon for the Justice League when Batman’s computer is hacked and his contingency plans fall into the hands of several of each League’s worst enemies united under the influence of the League’s oldest foe. How will DC’s greatest heroes survive when one of their own has plotted against them?

DC Animation’s latest animated movie has met with the same feverish anticipation every previous release has seen.  The biggest difference in this incarnation is the return of many iconic voice actors who have become the definitive voices for their characters. Among Justice League Unlimited alums reunited are Tim Daly (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), and Michael Rosenbaum (Flash).  Joining the legendary ranks are also podcast favorite Nathan Fillion and returning fan favorite Phil Morris.

Your very own geeky heroes Anthony and Andrew faced daunting odds and fearsome foes in order to get an early look at the new animated movie.  We endured terrifying perils to bring you the Comic Issues Video Review for Justice League Doom…

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Batman: Year One Review

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Batman: Year One Review

The Knight has come to the city of Gotham, and the streets will never be the same again.  Two heroes have come to save the city that has fallen to its dark criminal elements.  One hero fights corruption among the corrupt while the other fights evil from the shadows.

Batman: Year One chronicles the tale of Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham and Lieutenant James Gordon’s arrival to a city where the mob rules all.  Faithfully adapted from Frank Miller’s story with an homage to the art of David Mazzucchelli, this newest addition to the DC Animation library does not disappoint.

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Batman: Year One Coming 10/18

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Batman: Year One Coming 10/18

October could easily be considered the month where the bat reigns over all other creatures.  With Halloween only weeks away, the time is right for the greatest bat of all time to come; that’s exactly what’s happening next week as the Batman himself comes with a POW! and a SMACK! to bat-fans everywhere.  On October 18, the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham City hits video game shelves across the country, but that’s not enough for the Dark Knight.  DC Animation will also be releasing its newest animated movie, Batman: Year One.

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[Comic-Con 2011] Interviews with the ThunderCats

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[Comic-Con 2011] Interviews with the ThunderCats

There’s an old adage that says, “If you love something let it go, if it comes back to you then it was meant to be.”  I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the ThunderCats (debuting on Cartoon Network this coming Friday, July 29) but I’ve been a little concerned about the reboot.  It wasn’t until I saw this Friday’s upcoming premiere preview at Comic Con that I was finally confident of the new series. I interviewed several members of the cast and crew at SDCC about the series’ premiere; check it out below!

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films of 2010

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films of 2010

It’s difficult to see the Oscar nominated shorts — they play obscure or international festivals, throwing Oscar pools into disarray and forcing people to guess based on whatever available production team they can uncover. “Oh, Pixar? I’ll pick that one.” “It’s about Nazis? Yeah just choose that one.” The shorts, all 10 in one screening, are available for viewing in short bursts at your bigger art-house theatres, and I do entreat you to go if you are at all interested. There is a reason these five are chosen from a morass of shorts — in this day and age, anyone can make a credibly slick-looking film, but it is still a rare confluence of wonderfulness for the film to look, sound, and feel like real art.

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Tangled

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Tangled

Disney’s trumpeting Tangled as its 50th animated feature seems a bit defensive at first.They pioneered the medium of animation in terms of technique, story adaptation, and marketing, paving the way for those young upstarts like Pixar and Dreamworks to take the ball and run with it later.

Still, 72 years later, people still think of animation as a genre of itself, not a storytelling medium, a kid’s parlor trick rather than a means of telling a story. Tangled, as an adaptation of the centuries-old tale of Rapunzel, can do little to defend against these stodgy critics. However, Tangled is about growing up, and it’s a testament to its 49 predecessors in demonstrating how much Disney itself has also grown up.

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